Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Presidential campaign ads to slump in Florida, with state seen as 'no contest'
Although home to the two leading Republican presidential contenders, Florida is expected to see political ad spending plummet in the 2024 race for the White House, according to a report released by the tracking company AdImpact. The firm projected Tuesday that after leading the nation in media spending in the 2020 race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, Florida will likely tumble to eighth place next year, behind battleground states Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, and Wisconsin. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Brightline says Sept. 22 is new start date for Miami-Orlando service
Brightline says its third try at starting passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando will be for real, with the date now set for Sept. 22. “As we start service to Orlando for peak holiday seasons, I encourage everyone to check calendars, make plans, visit our website or app and reserve a seat now,” said Brightline’s president Patrick Goddard in a statement distributed Tuesday evening. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
End of an era? How being Winn-Dixie's headquarters shaped Jacksonville
The announcement that Aldi has a definitive agreement to purchase hundreds of Winn-Dixie and Harveys stores across the Southeast could mean the end of the headquarters era. Beyond losing the high-paying executive jobs and bragging rights that come with a headquarters office, the pending sale also has caused apprehension about how it might affect the city's attempts to expand the presence of grocery stores in neighborhoods that lack them. More from the Florida Times-Union.
Move over Netflix. This Miami art museum is launching its own streaming service
Miami’s flagship art museum is getting into streaming. Pérez Art Museum Miami launched PAMMTV, a “first-of-its-kind” streaming service of the museum’s collection of video art and films, with 15 works from local and international artists. The free service is available on web browsers, mobile devices and Apple TV. More from the Miami Herald.
Troubled Sarasota private flight business CEO remains optimistic about turnaround
The new CEO of Sarasota-based beleaguered private air service company AeroVanti says there’s “light at the end of the tunnel” with a $40,000 hangar lease extended and plane inspections and maintenance going well. But multiple issues with the company linger. More from the Business Observer.
Unite with your Florida business peers, elected officials, education, workforce, and community advocates, October 23-24 in Orlando at the Florida Chamber and Florida Chamber Foundation’s premier annual meeting and Forum. This event will address the Florida 2030 Blueprint’s Six Pillars Framework aimed at ensuring Florida’s businesses, residents, and economy win the Race to 2030 and Beyond.
By the Numbers
This is how much the Defense Department spends in Florida
The Department of Defense spent $30.1 billion in Florida in 2021, the fifth highest amount among states. About 72.0% of Pentagon spending in the state went to contractors, and 28.0% went to payroll for federal Defense Department employees and military personnel. Annual defense spending in Florida is equal to about 2.3% of the state's GDP and about $1,384 for every state resident.
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With more than 10 million specimens of butterflies and moths from around the world, the Florida Museum of Natural History’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the University of Florida is the most active lepidoptera research center in the world. It is arguably also among the fastest growing collections, adding about 200,000 specimens per year.
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